Beef, Barley and Bean Dinner

    Beef, Barley and Bean Dinner


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    This is an easy to make dinner that combines, beef mince, pearl barley, kidney beans, capsicum, tomatoes and zucchini to make a tasty and easy dinner.

    Serves: 6 

    • 1 cup (185g) pearl barley
    • 3 cups (750ml) water
    • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
    • 250g lean beef mince
    • 1/2 onion, diced
    • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 1/2 large red capsicum, diced
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1/2 tablespoon dried basil
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 2 cups diced tomatoes
    • 1 cup diced zucchini
    • 1 (400g) tin kidney beans, rinsed and drained
    • 1 cup grated reduced-fat Cheddar cheese

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hour 

    1. Bring the barley and water to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Cover then reduce heat to low and simmer until the barley is tender and the liquid is absorbed; about 30 minutes.
    2. Heat the oil in a large frypan over medium-high heat then stir in the beef mince. Cook and stir until the beef is crumbly, evenly browned and no longer pink. Drain and discard any excess oil.
    3. Stir in the onion and garlic then cook until tender; about 5 minutes.
    4. Add the capsicum, oregano, basil, salt and pepper. Cook and stir until the capsicum starts to soften; about 5 minutes.
    5. Stir in the cooked barley, tomatoes, zucchini and kidney beans. Bring the mixture to a boil then reduce heat, cover and simmer until the vegetables are tender; about 5 to 10 minutes.
    6. Remove the frypan from the stove, sprinkle the cheese over the top, replace the cover and let stand until the cheese melts; about 1 to 2 minutes.

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